I know parents are feeling overwhelmed trying to Telework and support their children with schoolwork. Many parents are also feeling unprepared. In addition, there is a lot of material on the internet for parents on how to teach young children and it can be overwhelming. It is akin to drinking from a firehose so where do I start? One resource I have come across that I believe gets the balance right is Commonsense education’s Wideopenschools . Wideopenschools has an easy to follow daily schedule in addition, it has many vetted resources.
As we get deeper into remote learning, sometimes as parents we worry about children having too much screen time. It has now become a challenge to find a balance between on-screen activities and off-screen activities when using technology. In addition, it is also important that parents should be able to monitor what their children are viewing. I have prepared a few guidelines for device management. In the device management guideline you will find:
- General suggestions for technology use.
- Device management and filtering.
- Device management for Apple devices.
Dear LES Families,
This blog will be updated once with a variety of suggestions to keep your children engaged and learning during the school closure. I know your children will use a lot of technology during this period so I would like to make myself available for any technical difficulty they may have. In addition, students can still practice their coding skills by going login into their code.org accounts. If they have forgotten their usernames and passwords, you can get in touch with their classroom teacher.
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy despite the unusual circumstances.
Do you ever struggle with the right thing to say in an email? Do you quickly answer your emails and get responses that need clarification? Google Chrome now has extensions that help with writing. The two free popular chrome extensions for writing help are Grammarly and ProWritingAid. The two extensions both have a free and paid version. I recommend going with the free basic versions because they cover spelling and grammar sufficiently. However, ProWritingAid is a little more robust because it also checks for writing style and improved readability. The extensions automatically turn on when you are typing in any application whether it is email or Google Docs.
Welcome to the new LES tech bytes blog. This blog will be filled with various types of technology resources that you can use with your students. I hope this blog will help support the Universal Design for Learning framework. This blog was created with 21st-century learners in mind and I hope the resources will be used to promote the effective use of technology in the classroom.